Thursday, November 8th, 2018 by Sydney Stewart
In most residential neighborhoods, every house on the block is topped with an asphalt shingle roof. With all your neighbors making the decision to go with a shingle roof, why would you choose a different type of roofing material? While shingle roofs are the most popular choice for residential homes, a metal roof may be an option you’ve never considered. Read further to see why you should consider a metal roof for your home.
At My-Pros we know that putting a new roof on your home is not exactly fun. It has a high cost regarding home improvement projects and after all, it’s just a roof. Asphalt shingle roofs typically last around 20 years before they need to be replaced. Metal roofs on the other hand can last anywhere from 40-70 years, ensuring you’ll never have to put another roof on your home again.
Many metal roofs can sustain wind gusts up to 140 miles per hour. They are often impact-resistant and will not corrode or crack from hail or storm damage. This means that less repairs will be necessary in the long run compared to shingle roofs, which can be damaged by weather and allow water to leak into your home.
Though metal roofs are very durable, they are not going to put a heavy load on your existing support structure for your home. Compared to a tile roof, which weighs approximately 750 pounds per square or concrete tile at 900 pounds per square, metal is very lightweight. Most varieties of metal weigh approximately 50 to 150 pounds per square.
Roof Installed by My-Pros in Rock City, IL
Since metal roofs are after all, metal, they will not spark or ignite into flames. This can happen so some other roofing materials with wildfires or lightning strikes. Metal roof materials are noncombustible and typically have a Class A fire rating.
The reflective surface of metal roofs reflects radiant heat from the sun. This means that your attic and home stay cooler than other roofing products, reducing your cooling costs in the summer months by 10-25%. Though the material itself has a low insulation value compared to asphalt roofing material, the roof can be installed over rigid-foam insulation that has high R-values. There any many other ways to ensure a more insulated roofing system.
Depending on the material used for your metal roof, they contain 25-95% recycled content. Additionally, metal roofs are 100% recyclable at the end of their life on your home. In contrast, nearly 20 billion pounds of shingle waste end up in the building-related waste stream per year. Additionally, metal roofs can often be installed over an existing roof, eliminating the environmental impact of disposing the asphalt shingles.
Roof Being Installed by My-Pros in Darien, WI
While there are advantages and disadvantages to any roofing material choice, we know that metal is a great option for your home. My-Pros is the only locally-owned and operated licensed roofing contractor in the Rockford area that specializes in metal roofing installation.